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Toyota Camry Door Lock Cylinders

Q. Dear Vincent, My name is Jeff, and I am the proud owner of a 1996 Toyota Camry LE. I have been having some problems with the door locks. For some reason, my door lock tumblers decided to stop working on the same day. Quite literally, both the driver's and passenger's side lock tumblers quit about 6 months ago. I have since been forced to leave my car unlocked, because if I lock it I have to call a tow truck.

Toyota Camry Door Lock Cylinders

Do you have any advice on how I can fix this problem? I was am pretty sure I can fix it myself, I just don't know where exactly or how exactly to get to the lock tumbler to replace it. If you can help in any way, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for your time...
Jeff

A. You will need to replace both front door lock cylinders. You will need to remove the front door panels to get to them, but that is not too difficult to do.

Toyota Camry Door Lock Cylinders

Once you have the door panel off, you will see the lock cylinder. There is a linkage rod that has to come off then a large clip.

Toyota Camry Door Lock Cylinders

I would look to see if the linkage rods have come off first before buying the lock cylinders. That often happens . If they are, indeed, still connected to the lock cylinders, I would recommend that you take your key and the two new lock cylinders to a locksmith and have the new lock cylinders keyed to the old key so you won't have to carry one key for each lock.

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